20150930042801After the sad demise of Deepak Shodhan at the age of 87 years,  Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad now becomes the oldest living Test cricketer for India. Gaekwad born on Octover 27, 1928 is currently aged 87 years and 211 days. Gaekwad made his Test debut against England at Leeds on June 5th 1952. Gaekwad since then played only 11 Tests for India managing a total of 350 runs at an average of 18.42. Gaekwad last Test as against Pakistan in January 1961. Gaekwad’s son Anshuman also represented India in 40 Tests and 15 One-Day Internationals. Gaekwad’s grandson Shatrunjay Anshuman Gaekwad also plays cricket for Baroda and was with Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League.  READ: Former India cricketer Deepak Shodhan passes away aged 87

Second on the list is Coimbatarao Gopinath aged 86 years and 76 days, he played for India in 8 Test matches with a career best of 50*. Third in the list is Chandrakant Patankar, who played only 1 Test for India against New Zealand in 1955, he is currently aged 87 years and 174 days. Madhav Apte aged 83 years and 224 days is fourth on the list of Indian’s oldest Test players, representing India in 7 Tests with a highest of 163* against West Indies. Fifth in the list is Bapu Nadkarni, aged 83 years and 42 days. Nadkarni played for India in 41 Test scoring 1414 runs at an average of 25.70.

This means that there is no living Indian Test cricketer above 87. The top 7 oldest living Indian Test cricketers list reads:

 Player Date of Birth Age on May 16, 2016
Datta Gaekwad 27-Oct-28 87 years 211 days
CD Gopinath 1-Mar-30 86 years 76 days
Chandrakant Patankar 24-Nov-30 85 years 174 days
Madhav Apte 5-Oct-32 83 years  224 days
Bapu Nadkarni 4-Apr-33 83 years 42 days
Sadashiv Patil 10-Oct-33 82 years 219 days
Nari Contractor 7-Mar-34 82 years 70days

Shodhan was, if we go by his contemporaries, an outstanding strokeplayer in an era when accumulation was the norm in Indian cricket. When they bowled with a cordon of close-in fielders, he would counterattack, sending the in-field back to the ropes.